The women’s Euro League will start in two months. The qualification round will be played between 18 and 21 November.
A total of 26 teams will take part in the 2021/22 Euro League. The top three teams at the Euro League Final Four last season (Olympiacos, Dunaujvarosi, UVSE Budapest) and LEN Trophy winner Kinef Kirishi are directly qualified for the second stage. The remaining 22 clubs will battle in the qualifications. The draw for this stage has been held in Malta.
Group A (Athens, Greece): Dynamo Uralochka Zlatoust (Russia), Glyfada (Greece), Terrassa (Spain), CSS Verona (Italy), ASA Tel Aviv (Israel)
Group B (Rome, Italy): Ferencvaros Telekom Budapest (Hungary), Lille UC (France), SIS Roma (Italy), Mediterrani Barcelona (Spain), Sirens Malta (Malta), ZVL 1886 Tetteroo (Netherlands)
Group C (Berlin, Germany): Vouliagmeni NC (Greece), CN Mataro (Spain), BVSC-Zuglo (Hungary), Olympic Nice (France), Plebiscito Padova (Italy), Spandau 04 Berlin (Germany)
Group D (Porto, Portugal): Sabadell (Spain), Orizzonte Catania (Italy), Ethnikos Piraeus (Greece), Pacense (Portugal), SK Olimpia Kosice (Slovakia)
The top three teams from each group will advance to the Second Round.
Four very good teams will play battle for three available tickets in Group A – Uralochka, Glyfada, Terrassa, and Verona.
As for Group B, only French Lille and Maltese Sirens aren’t serious contenders for the top three spots,
The teams from Greece, Spain, Hungary, and Italy are favorites in Group C.
It isn’t so hard to predict which teams will advance from Group D, because Pacense and Olimpia are underdogs in the group of five clubs. Still, spectators in Porto will be able to watch one great game. Five-time champion Sabadell and Orizzonte, which has won eight titles in the Euro League, will face off in the derby of the group.
The second stage is scheduled for December 10 – 12. Sixteen teams (12 from qualifications and the four directly qualified) will be split into four groups of four in this phase. The top two teams from each group will qualify for the quarterfinals (February 5 and 26, 2022). The winners of the quarterfinal duels will advance to the LEN Euro League Final Four (April 1 and 2). The losing teams will play at the LEN Trophy Final Four (March 26 and 27)